June 5th, 2015

A tale of tree cities

by Ayesha Bapasola   What single measure has a positive impact on soil erosion, biodiversity loss, health and community spirit? The Urban Orchard Project (UOP) claims that all this and more can be achieved through their community-centred model of promoting sustainable green infrastructure, often in the midst of the hubbub of metropolitan life. Whether it’s […]


September 27th, 2013

Fit for pigs?

Pig and carrot

by Edd Colbert   Pigs are perhaps the original solution to the problem of food waste, but one that current farming practice and legislation has put out to graze. It is likely that their voracious appetite for our leftovers and offcuts was the reason why humans first domesticated pigs, and for centuries they helped to […]


August 30th, 2013

Playing chicken with the climate: why environmentalists should go veggie

by Francis Vergunst   You’ve heard it from the Greens, you’ve heard it from your friends, you’ve probably even heard it from your grandma… and now you’re hearing it from the government too. What’s the big deal? Do we really need to eat less meat – or none at all? I would argue that becoming […]


May 10th, 2012

Fed up with the food waste scandal

by Tristram Stuart   On Saturday 12th May, Bristol will be the first city outside London to host a Feeding the 5000 (F5K) event. Between 1pm and 5pm, anyone who comes to visit College Green will have the chance to disprove the old adage – there really can be such a thing as a free […]


December 12th, 2011

We can’t afford to waste phosphorus

by Thomas Vergunst   Demand for it is expected to rise by at least 50% by 2050. China, Morocco, the US, South Africa and Jordan control 85% of global reserves, which, according to some sources, are only expected to last another 50-100 years. The price in the EU rose by 800% in 2008 and the […]


November 30th, 2011

Slurry seems to be the hardest word

Peter Jones

by Peter Jones   A talk by Helen Browning, CEO of the Soil Association, on 2 November left me pondering the problems of farming and waste.  Helen is a compelling speaker and, despite battling the after-effects of a cold, tackled a lot of topics with energy and thoughtfulness.   Is big beautiful? She explained why […]